Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

May 18, 2008
People use alcohol for numerous reasons; peer pressure, celebration, anxiety, sadness, boredom, rebellion and insomnia are just a few. Teens fall under the category of “people”. The legal drinking age is currently twenty-one, but illegally drinking age is as low as zero. Why? Is the main question asked. I can assure you the under age drinking age percentage would drop if the age is lowered.

Few reasons for teens drinking are: peer pressure, enjoyment, etc. But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol. That means that a large quantity of teens under the age of seventeen to eighteen have used alcohol before. We all know why teens drink, I mean is common since. Just the feel that they get of breaking the law is huge. Being rebel and not following the rules is an important role of a teen’s life. Consequences are the one that change them, but we don’t want them to experience the consequences of being under the influence of alcohol because we know them and they are fatal. Dying in a car accident and killing others is a mess that we don’t want to clean.

Despite the fact that is illegal for young teens to purchase it, they are able to get it through their parent’s own liquor cabinets, unscrupulous store clerks, or older friends who purchase it for them. As we all see, is not hard for teens to obtain alcohol. Why not lower the drinking age then? I mean any way you put it, they are getting it.

We have all heard of the famous saying “we want you to join the military and protect your country.” Blah blah blah. Well, you are telling me that I can legally kill someone at the age of eighteen, while I sign up with the military and go to war but I can’t have a sip of alcohol. Due to this none senseless situation, age should be equaled. In other words, if voting and military sign up is eighteen, then drinking should also be eighteen. Besides at the age of eighteen you are legally an adult. Why can’t we drink then?

Drinking age in Australia is eighteen, and in UK is as low as sixteen in restaurants. Studies have showed that those teens/adults are perfectly fine. In fact, Dr. Ruth Engs; professor of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, uses this examples to propose the following: “……the drinking age be lowered to about 18 or 19 and permit those of legal age to consume in socially controlled environment such as restaurants and official school and university functions” (direct quote from Dr. Engs).

Drinking age should be lowered, and I know that by lowering it we can drop the percentage of reckless teen alcohol abusers. It is worth trying it , and if everything goes the opposite then change the law once more (which is done lots of times, for dumb reasons) and raise the drinking age back to twenty-one. Changes are always good (most of the times), and I know this one in particular is an excellent one.

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Fangstorm_The_Vampire said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Well, it is a pretty big issue. i don't think this would get rid of the problem. But it should help.
Rachel N. said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm
Well it's more of an issue of can we handle it. I'm sure that a majority would be able too. But, that doesn't make it ok for our health. Alcohol has serious negative affects on the growing minds and bodies of teenagers.
twix.n.pixi.stix7 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm
i agree. they say "the forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest" so making drinking illegal almost encourages it. in other countries where anyone can drink, it is just a beverage. like soda or juice. we wouldnt try to get off pepsi, would we?
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:27 am
???murders illegal...should we make that legal too???
twix.n.pixi.stix7 replied...
Jun. 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm
no thats not what im saying... murder is a totally different thing. we dont have a large problem with teenagers illegally killing people for fun. besides, thats not what we are talking about. we're talking about drinking. all im saying is that half the fun of underage drinking is feeling like you're donig something illegal. if it was completely legal, nothing special, less people would want to do it  
Meko8195 replied...
Jul. 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I dont know....Some teens dont drink out of rebellion...plus the only reason people agree to this is because they want to drink alot and be legal about it. Changing it would just mean that they can drink more. :(


twix.n.pixi.stix7 replied...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm
i dont really know either. you can argue this either way. there isnt really any perfect solution to this.
Meko8195 replied...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm
I agree...so maybe they should just let it go :
ilovebooze123 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm
i love drinking im 17 an can handle it just fine idk why adults have to change the age to 21 like really why cant us teens drink we have problems to and drinking is fun an helps with stress
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:26 am
probably because of people like you? If your immature enough to say screw the law and drink before 21 then obviously your immature enough to harm yourself or others. The law should stay the way it is. If you have stress I would try to find a less deadly way of getting rid of it. And as for being fun? Well i guess some people consider hangovers, blackouts, ad near death experiences fun. Oh and don't forget about the people who get the thrill of taking someone elses life. -.-
SaMiLoVe97 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 8, 2011 at 9:52 pm
okay well um. maybe you shouldnt be so rude to people first off. you do whatever it is to handle your stress. you have your way of fun just like ilovebooze123.drinking isnt that big of a problem as long as you dont drive under the influence. and what  drunk driver ever gets the thrill of taking someone elses life? people make mistakes ya know. thats low for you to say that. ik someone who has accidentally taken someones life that way. so maybe consider other peoples feelings before you go o... (more »)
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm
When two of your friends are dead from an alchole related accident and the other one is in jail under manslaughter counts then maybe youll understand why i couldnt care less about these peoples feelings. So mind ur own buisness.
Brittbyheart said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 10:27 am

You dont join the military to just go out and kill random people. You join to stand up for your country. You protect the president, help find lost people, try to talk the other country outta bombing us. most people rarly kill people in the army.there are hundreds of things besides killing. js


Brittbyheart said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 10:23 am
woot woot!
Brittbyheart said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

I think the drinking age should NOT be lowered. People get murdered daily, so should that law be cancled too? So its legial to kill people? NO!!! The mind and body dont fully grow till you are in your 20s. and drinking kills, no matter if your young or old. If a 1 year old drinks, it will KILL their brain cells. The fewer cells means the fewer things the child can lear and without certain knolage, the child cant get a lot of jobs to continue to LIVE! What do you want for your kids, to be a su... (more »)

Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:14 am

I totally agree. :) u should read my comment where me and a friend make a total butt out of this artical. LOL


Cosgrove replied...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm
:D cuz we're just those kinds of buttmunchers
yoyowasup8 said...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 7:16 am
i think that the legal age for drinking should be lowered to at least 13 or 14 what's the point if u already do it any ways!!!! people do it any ways and they break the law any ways SO LET THEM DO IT!!!!
K.M.S.Shear replied...
Jun. 3, 2011 at 8:05 am
Thats to young. Some people that age would be too reacless and inmuture. I think eighteen is went your considered an adult so thats went you can make the choice of drinking.
Meko8195 replied...
Jun. 5, 2011 at 7:13 am
and killings illegal. Wanna become our president and get rid of THAT law? Oh wait. HAHA ull be to drunk to run won't u?
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